Best Grandma’s Country White Bread
My grandma’s easy country white bread recipe. This is a thick, rustic bread with perfect texture and flavor. Make in the bread machine or in the oven.
I am (unfortunately) in a house that usually doesn’t normally have white bread sitting around. White bread may be something that have in your home and eat every day. I envy you for that. We generally have wheat bread, which I guess I’ve gotten used to and now I think it is pretty good. But sometimes? I just want a piece of hearty, warm, homemade country white bread.
I know Mom secretly likes white bread as much as I do, so sometimes if she has a weak moment, she drops the hint that she’d like me to bake a loaf of bread. Our go to recipe is a beautiful golden brown bread loaf. This buttermilk country white bread is my grandma’s recipe. We have many good memories of this fresh bread being served at Grandma’s dinner table along meatballs and roast beef.
The great thing about this recipe is that it is simple and easy. If you have a bread maker, you can throw the ingredients in based on your bread machine specifications, and a couple of hours later you’ll have the perfect loaf of bread. It’s a great country white bread machine recipe. This is how my grandma makes this amazing bread.
3 cups lukewarm water
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp. yeast
1/3 cup oil
1 Tbsp. salt
6 – 7 cups unbleached ground white wheat flour (You can use regular all-purpose flour with success as well. You will need more flour… closer to 8 cups, and it will make a softer, less-coarse bread.)
*Opt. 1 Tbsp. vital wheat gluten (if using whole white wheat flour)
In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in
warm water and sugar. Let sit 10 minutes. Add the oil. Add the salt and flour (starting with 6 cups of flour). Mix all together. Knead the dough thoroughly until all ingredients are incorporated, and dough is smooth, elastic, very slightly sticky, and pulls away from the bowl (6-10 minutes). As you knead the dough, you may add more flour as needed, and repeat the process until dough reaches the desired consistency …